Have a cataract question? We have answers.
Below are the most frequently asked questions surrounding the topic of cataracts and cataract surgery along with straightforward, evidence-based answers. Have a question you don’t see on the list? No worries. Schedule your cataract evaluation at Carter Eye Center and we’ll be happy to answer any question you have.
A cataract is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens that blocks it from being able to focus light on the retina. Cataracts are the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 50, affecting about 22 million Americans, according to Prevent Blindness America.
Cataract symptoms can vary from person to person, but the most common symptoms include:
- Cloudy, blurry or dim vision
- Increasing difficulty seeing at night or in low light
- Sensitivity to light and glare
- Seeing halos around lights
- Faded or yellowish colors
- The need for brighter light for reading and other activities
- Frequent changes in eyeglass or contact lens prescription
The right time for cataract surgery is a highly individual decision. We like to tell people that it’s time to have cataract surgery when your cataracts have started negatively affecting your life and daily activities.
The incision made during cataract surgery is very small and stitches are not needed. It will heal by itself. Thanks to advances in technology, the healing time after cataract surgery is impressively fast! Most of our patients are able to return to most normal daily activities within 24 to 48 hours.
If you choose basic cataract surgery with a standard monofocal lens replacement, it is likely you will still need glasses and/or readers after cataract surgery. At Carter Eye Center, we have many cataract surgery and Lifestyle Lens options that could greatly reduce, or even eliminate your dependency on glasses and readers after cataract surgery. The combination of laser-assisted cataract surgery and a Lifestyle Lens allows most of our patients to be glasses-free most of the time.
While all surgeries come with some risk, the success rate for cataract surgery is very high. More than 2 million men and women have cataract surgery every year, making it one of the most common and successful surgical procedures in the U.S. today.
The cost of basic cataract surgery is generally covered by Medicare and private insurance. If you choose laser-assisted cataract surgery and/or a Lifestyle Lens, a portion of your cataract surgery will be considered an out-of-pocket expense. Our experienced team can help you maximize your benefits and select an affordable financing plan for any part of your procedure not covered by Medicare or private insurance.